Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sweet Saint Patrick's Day flowers for Balsam Mountain Preserve

I had the opportunity to add a little Irish flair at Balsam Mountain Preserve's Boarding House for the Saint Patrick's Day dinner tomorrow night.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Making Spring wreaths for an amazing house

I had the opportunity to make Spring wreaths for the *most* amazing house of friends at Balsam Mountain Preserve. 


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pretty Spring table


First, I have to thank you all for helping me out with my dying succulents! What great suggestions y'all had for me. I can't wait to get a few more and try again. 

Now, on to this pretty spring table. After the Valentine's Dinner at Balsam Mountain Preserve, I had 16 flower arrangements to do something with, so they sat on my back porch all week. Luckily, it was cold, so they kept beautifully. I could not let them be wasted, so after sending a large arrangement to the owner and one to my mom, I rearranged a few of them and set a table in my dining room. 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

My succulents are begging for help.

 I love succulents. Even though they're "trendy" -- I still love them. And cacti. I have always had an affinity for cacti, and loved growing them when I went through my "Southwest" phase in the late 80s early 90s. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Boho winter dining and new Moroccan lanterns

I guess I should get right to this since we seem to have moved from what should have been winter right on into summer. Considering the fires and drought this fall, I hate to think about what summer might be like here.  But, like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll worry about that tomorrow and for now, we'll visit the *winter* dining room. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Valentine's Day flowers for Balsam Mountain Preserve

Last weekend I had the opportunity to create flower arrangements for the Valentine's Dinner at Balsam Mountain Preserve.  

This is the arrangement I made for the owner after the dinner was over.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas at Balsam Mountain Preserve

I wanted to share with you all some of my work at Balsam Mountain Preserve as I didn't get a chance before Christmas. Everything I did there, could easily translate into winter. I, for one, hate to see the beautiful warmth of Christmas decor go away and be replaced with nothing, or worse -- spring decor, so I like to incorporate lots of fresh greenery, candles and natural elements that keep a bare winter space looking warm and cozy through the winter months.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Porch

Thought I would share the last of the photos that I shot for Romantic Homes that did not make the article. Plus, we sure haven't had snow yet, so I haven't even taken any photos of this year's porch.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

How to get the aroma of a live Christmas tree in your home

I have always loved the smell of a fresh-cut Balsam fir. Even with a live tree, I have never really gotten the aroma I remember from my childhood. 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Romantic Homes photo shoot -- the Christmas bedroom

I wanted to share with y'all some more of the photos I took last winter for the Romantic Homes feature this December that did not make the magazine. None of the bedroom photos were in, so I can show you all of those. 

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Home Tour

I'm so excited to welcome you all here for my Christmas Home Tour, and am very thankful for Marty at A Stroll Thru Life, for inviting me along, as this is the only tour I'm part of. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas dining room and kitchen pics that didn't make the magazine

Since I have all these photos already, and no one has seen them, I couldn't just let them sit in my computer, right?  Especially since they are so different from what I've done this year in the house, which y'all can see next Friday, Dec. 9 on Marty's 2016 Christmas Home Tour. These are all from the shoot I did last winter for Romantic Homes Magazine. I'll share the dining room and kitchen today and finish up with the bedroom later. 

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas photo shoot -- what didn't make it in the magazine


I had the amazing opportunity to shoot photos and write a story for this December's Romantic Homes Magazine. Over the course of a couple months, I shot a lot of photos and thought I would share the ones that didn't make the story with you all here, starting with the  main living space.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Colorful Thanksgiving

I always come up with something different for Thanksgiving, and this year is no exception. 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Romantic Homes Magazine Christmas feature!

About a year and a half ago, I got an email from the editor of Romantic Homes asking if I would write a story to go with some photos they had seen, and if I would also write and shoot a Christmas feature for 2016. After I recovered from passing out, I went ahead and started planning, without telling anyone because I was petrified something would go wrong, or they wouldn't like what I did. 

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Book giveaway winner

Thank you all so much for the comments you left about my cousin's wife's book, Cancer Mom. What a wonderful, caring group of readers you all are, and I know you are encouraging and inspiring to those in your lives. 

The winner of Cancer Mom is Jenny. I know you will be encouraged, Jenny:-) Just email me your address at anita-faraboverubies@live.com, and I'll get your book in the mail.



The book is available on amazon if others of you want a copy. I promise this is a book of hope for you or someone in your life -- no matter what you face.




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Southern Cottage Magazine feature

I was really shocked earlier this year when I got an email from a writer at Southern Cottage Magazine asking for photos of some of my Christmas tablescapes. Fast forward a few weeks, and they ended up featuring several rooms dressed for  Christmas. 

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Something to encourage you

I usually do not veer from decorating and design here at Far Above Rubies. But, I thought it was really important to share this book, and offer one to a reader.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A fall tablescape

While I was changing out flower arrangements and fall leaves at Balsam Mountain Preserve, I decided to set a table for two out on the porch at the Boarding House.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

More fall at Balsam Mountain Preserve

I had the opportunity to go up Saturday to Balsam Mountain Preserve and shoot some photos at the main security gate. This is obviously not your everyday security gate:-)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

More Fall decorating at Balsam Mountain Preserve

First, I have to extend my heartfelt thanks to those of you who left such encouraging and inspiring comments on my last post about the ups and downs of blogging. As always, you all inspire me and make me feel like I'm doing something right here. Thank you so much for that:-)

Now on to some more of the design work I have been fortunate to do at Balsam Mountain Preserve. They hosted a fish fry last Friday, so I tweaked a few things outside and added some fall goodness inside. 

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Seven years


Seven years ago today I hit the "publish" button on Far Above Rubies with this post.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Rustic Mountain Fall at Balsam Mountain Preserve

I had the amazing opportunity to not only design the mantels I shared last week, but also to create some outdoor fall displays at Balsam Mountain Preserve. In keeping with the rustic aspect of the property, and the natural habitat, I wanted to put something together that was simple, all natural and reflected local culture.

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